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Tuesday, October 24, 2006

Kim Jong-Il's Woes Are Just Starting

Kim Jong-Il thought he was Leo DiCaprio when he executed that nuclear test. He truly believed he was "king of the world," and that the world--and the region--would tremble in fear and worry. Once we recovered from laughing hysterically, we went to the United Nations Security Council, and demanded sanctions. They went through unanimously, and Kim quickly backed down. Of course that was after the Chinese exerted a fair amount of pressure and condemnation on him. But now, the BBC reports that things are about to take a turn for the worse in North Korea.

Hat-Tip: Captain Ed)

North Korean food shortages have grown worse after its recent nuclear test led donors to withdraw aid, the UN says.

The UN official monitoring human rights in North Korea, Vitit Muntarbhorn, said the food shortage was critical.

North Korea is already short of food and this year floods have damaged the harvest, making matters even worse.

President Kim Jong-Il's nuclear test has led to international condemnation of the secretive regime and sanctions against its nuclear programme.

Pyongyang was due to receive 100,000 tonnes of food aid but will now get less than that, Mr Muntarbhorn said.

"Matters became ultra-complicated because of the missile test in July as well as the nuclear test recently, which prodded various potential contributors to reconsider giving the aid," he said.

"So there has been this sad and regrettable linkage between the various tests and the impact on the food situation."

Indeed. North Korea brought this on themselves. They endured major famines in the 1990s, and on three occasions, a hungry populace tried to get rid of him; the Army tried twice. If he does not straighten up soon, with winter setting in, he is going to end up starving his people again. And a hungry Army may just try to remove him again.

China is going to send very little into North Korea, and it will be solely to stem the tide of North Koreans flooding into their nation. China has weighed in on North Korea, and despite our suspicions to the contrary, we believe it is a fiar assessment to take them at their word. They have threatened a regime change there, threatened to cut off currency, fuel, and other assistance Kim does not end his provocations.

But it is important to remember that he brought this on himself. The sanctions did not come out of spite. They came about because the world looked at this little dictator, who was playing with nuclear weapons, and told him to stop. In typical petulant fashion, he told the worl to got to H*ll, and played with them until he detonated one. If the bleeding hearts out there think that such an action should go unpunished, then please return to your fantasy world.

He launched missiles over Japan, and in the direction of the United States. (Granted, none of them came close enough to us to warrant a serious response.) But with his recent provocative behavior, the world was left with no choice but to respond. They did so diplomatically, and the sanctions are in place. He can receive little aid, and many nations are probably not going to send a lot. They know that the food will end up in the military's hands (to ensure they will not try another coup), and the people who have suffered under the Kim regime will continue to do so.

Thomas often says "you reap what you sow." Kim is doing just that. And he is likely to watch his nation fall apart around him in a very short amount of time. The famine, while bad for the people of North Korea, may be blessing in disguise for the world.



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